Die leier van die Ekonomiese Vryheidsvegters, Julius Malema, wat deesdae gereeld in die sop is, se woede is geregverdig. So sê die voormalige sekretaresse van oudpresident Nelson Mandela, Zelda la Grange.
Sy het dit egter duidelik gemaak dat mense mekaar moet respekteer..
Addressing the Cape Town Press Club yesterday afternoon, La Grange, who was speaking and taking questions on her book, Good Morning, Mr Mandela, also had some advice for EFF leader Julius Malema.
“I think Mr Malema’s anger is justifiable. Madiba always said he was angry, as a younger man. But forgiveness is important. We should differ with respect, not hostility. I agree with much of what Mr Malema is saying, but not with his disrespectful tone,” she said.
She quoted Business Day editor Songezo Zibi saying morality should be put before populism.
Regarding Graça Machel, Madiba’s widow, La Grange said: “She is fine, and she is coping.”
La Grange has seen Machel twice in the last two weeks.
She made only one apparent barbed comment about President Jacob Zuma, when referring to the time Madiba was hauled before the courts by former rugby supremo Louis Luyt.
“He insisted on defending himself, unlike other people,” she said.
She said she wrote her book because she felt she had a duty to share the lessons and privileges she gained from her years serving Madiba – rather than produce a tell-all book.
“This is not a definitive book on Madiba. I also certainly did not expect the whole country to suddenly sing Kumbaya as one, or receive a phone call from Norway [an apparent reference to the Nobel literature prize],” she said about criticism of her book.